Well, this is interesting. RIM's PlayBook slate certainly has the potential to be a solid iPad competitor, but it appeared as though its fresh-faced operating system would face an uphill battle to match iOS's and Android's huge app libraries. Turns out RIM has found a solution—as InfoWorld reports, the PlayBook will run Android apps.
There are a few little catches, as one might expect. Android developers will need to "quickly and easily" port their apps to the PlayBook, after which those apps will have to be re-packaged, signed, and submitted to the BlackBerry App World. Once approved, the ported apps will be usable on the PlayBook via a special "app player."
The experience doesn't sound entirely transparent, at least according to InfoWorld's report. Provided Android developers play ball, though, this could be quite a boon to folks who grab the PlayBook shortly after its April 19 release. We'll just have to see how well ported apps behave on RIM's new tablet OS—and how excited developers are to support another platform in addition to iOS, vanilla Android, and WebOS.
|Nvidia introduces Shield set-top box with Android TV||4|
|Tuesday Night Shortbread||6|
|With LiquidVR, AMD aims to make virtual reality more fluid||3|
|Gartner: Apple overtook Samsung as top smartphone vendor last quarter||29|
|Unity 5 wants to be the game engine for everyone, everywhere||22|
|ARM and Geomerics announce Enlighten 3 engine||7|
|Vulkan is the low-overhead future of OpenGL||47|
|Video shows Microsoft's Project Spartan browser, Cortana in action||31|
|AMD changes plans for public Mantle SDK, hints at evolution of API||105|
|God you're tiresome.||+71|